Richard III

A Great Historian Died – Dr. John Ashdown-Hill

 
 
Though being quiet for so long on this website, the news I today found, just needs to be posted here, on the website he so greatly supported.
 

 

Dr. John Ashdown-Hill

 
 
the historian behind the finding of King Richard III in Leicester, died on 18 May 2018. (BBC News here.)
 
It was his persistence and meticulous research of the times after King Richard III was buried in Leicester, that convinced him that the king’s remains still could be found, though many historians for centuries believed otherwise.
 
It is due to his research, which he maintained against severe opposition and accusations, that lead to the sensational discovery in Leicester.
It was this persistence and conviction and his honour and work-ethics, that fascinated me about the man and historian Dr. Ashdown-Hill, whom I never personally met, but had the honour to talk to on the phone and do an interview with.
 
So it is very sad news for me and for the KingRichardArmitage website, who he kindly supported with interviews and a multitude of valuable information. Just see the various posts and articles we have here on this website: Dr. John Ashdown-Hill – News & Interviews
 
And a great loss for unbiassed historical research.
 
I want to end with a text I wrote about Dr. Ashdown-Hill during KRA-Week in August 2013, though now it reads like an eulogy. Not all of my hopes mentioned in that article were realised, especially the museum-part. But nonetheless, Dr. Ashdown-Hill would deserve a hall of fame!
 
His fame certainly is not forgotten here on the KRA website!
 
 
Thank you, Dr. Ashdown-Hill!
 
 

 
 

Richard III on Mr. Armitage’s Bucket List

 
 
Richard Armitage was interviewed by The Broadway Channel – “Love, Love, Love’s Richard Armitage on Dancing Like a Teenager Backstage, His Royal Bucket List Role & More” (01.12.2016) about his role as Kenneth in the play “Love, Love, Love”.
 
Part relevant for King Richard III, transcribed from the video accompanying the interview article:
 
What role is on your acting bucket list?

Yeah, there is a role on my bucket list. It has been there for a long time, actually. I’d like to play Richard III in some context, whether that’s the Shakespearean version or another version. I was born on the day that he died and I was named after him, so I feel like I have to […] get into his head, or something.

 

 
Video by: The Broadway Channel, 01.12.2016
Produced by: Lisa Spychala
Photographer: Emilio Madrid-Kuser
Shot & Edited: Nick Shakra
Graphics: Tony Mendoza
 
 

Congratulations & Commemoration – KRA-Quiz 2015 Opened !

 


♛ Happy Birthday Richard Armitage ♛


 

 

Happy Birthday, Mr. Armitage !!!
Success, fulfillment and happiness and the most essential, health, on your life’s journey.
And always enough chocolate to make your day!

 
 


♛ KRA-Quiz 2015 ♛


 
With a rush and a hectic a new year went away like a slight brush of wind and once again it is time to find our champions.
 
Though I was a bit disappointed by the rather localised event for King Richard III in Leicester, which in my opinion could have been a country wide, if not even a world-wide event,
the KRA-website does not discriminate or exclude from our quiz!
Wherever you are, from wherever you join us, take part and try your knowledge

  • about King Richard III
  • and Richard Armitage.

KRA once again searches for the King Richard III-Champions.
 
This year, we search two champions.
In the previous quizzes it became apparent that some have strengthes on one or the other side, meaning Richard III or Richard Armitage.
So this year, we search for two separate champions:

  • The King Richard III – Champion 2015 and
  • the Richard Armitage – Champion 2015.

 

Winning prices are:

  • For the winner in the RIII-part (Page 1 of the quiz):
  •  

  • For the winner in the RA-part (Page 2 of the quiz):
    KRA-ChampionCup2015 KRA-ChampionCup2015_2

 
 

All participants till 30 September 2015 (in all time zones around the world) will take part in the drawing.
 
All questiones need to be answered, even if you know your strength is only on one page of the quiz. So two chances to win in one quiz!
 
The winners will be announced here on King Richard III’s birthday, the 2 October 2015.

 
 
I wish you all a successful and enjoyable quiz and a good time!
 
 
KRA-Banner Quiz 2015
 
Go to KRA-Quiz 2015
 
 

Is Richard Armitage still interested in Richard III?

 

YES

 
And as I never state something without proof, here comes the evidence:
 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Petition to Coffining Richard III in a Religious Environment

 
Media and the ‘fact behind fiction’ are entirely topics on their own…
 
So, no further comment about what they currently make out of this new petition, but rather, what this new petition by the initiators of ‘Looking for Richard‘ really is about:
(I must admit, from the media reports about it, I really had difficulties making it out.)
 
That the team which initiated and persisted in the search for King Richard III cares about King Richard III, can be taken without doubt. That they want to assure his dignity and honourable treatment, is the main factor defining each step of their search, but also is the essence behind this new petition:
 
 
Petition to coffin King Richard III in a holy place
(open worldwide via change.org)
 
 
Contrary to the original agreement about the treatment of the remains of King Richard III, his bones have not been sent to rest in a church, awaiting his burial ceremonies.
The reasons of the University of Leicester for this are manifold, among those are, preserving (correct temperature, water level, etc.), security (against possible fanatics), transportation to the location, hindering of further research access, …
 
So King Richard III at the moment is stored in a scientific vault, like a research specimen, which for the University of Leicester he certainly is.
 
But besides having been King of England once, King Richard III also is a human being, for which certain treatment standards should be in place to ascertain his human dignity.
One of these standards, the ‘Looking for Richard’ team tries to insist upon with this new petition:
 
Giving King Richard a holy and not a scientific environment for being placed in his coffin.
 
From what the media makes out of this request and petition, you would think, the ‘Looking for Richard’ team wants to overthrow all the planning and work from either Leicester Cathedral and the University of Leicester for the burial ceremonies. Some even make me believe, a new war between religions is imminent.
 
Far from it !
 
The supporters of this petition come from all religious and none-religious backgrounds worldwide and have the one thing in common:
 
They are concerned about the scientific treatment of a human being, which sets a very utilitarian precedent of how to treat human remains where the scientific interest dominates and subjugates every other consideration.
 
This coffining in a holy place would give the found bones a ‘human dignity’ back and would assure that King Richard III is not only seen as a scientific curiosity, but also as a very religious man and human being.
It also would uphold consent for a treatment of human remains, not only of kings, but human beings in general, which researchers seem so easily to forget that King Richard III after all still is.
 
 
In this regard, think about how you would like to be treated and for once see King Richard III not as a spectacular historical oddity, but as a human being, and take action regarding this new petition as you see fit:
 
Petition to coffin King Richard III in a holy place
(open worldwide via change.org)
 
The petition will close at midnight (GMT) on Tuesday 24 February 2015. The results will be handed over to the re-interment board in Leicester.
More information and details about the ‘Looking for Richard’ team and new petition on the Looking for Richard website.
 

100 Days Till King Richard III’s Reburial

 
From today on there are only 100 days left till the reburial of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral.
If you want to join the cermony, Leicester Cathedral starts a ballot procedure, to select participants for the ceremony. The procedure of ‘ballot’ was selected to find a fair way to chose among the many interested in the ceremony worldwide.
 
The ballot procedure starts at 8 a.m. [GMT] and is open till 31st December 2014 (12 a.m./noon).
The online access can be reached via this form provided by Leicester Cathedral on their website:
 
leicestercathedral.org/ballot
 
The places offered via the ballot are for the

  • Reception service on Sunday 22 March
  • the Reinterment service on Thursday 26 March and
  • the Tomb Reveal service on Friday 27 March.

(Winners will be notified about 30 days after the ballot closes, so at the end of January 2015.)
 
Good luck and all the best wishes !
CDoart
 

Richard Armitage about the King

 
Richard Armitage mentions King Richard III and a new Channel 4 documentary about the king, coming out next year, in the new interview:
 
Sunday Times interview with Richard Armitage by Ed Potton (28.11.2014)
(Quote from the RichardArmitageUS-FacebookPage.)
 

[…] He’s [Richard Armitage] always been drawn to conflicted roles: Oakenshield, Proctor, Lucas North, his double (triple?) agent in Spooks. “I know,” he smiles. “I need to do some comedy, don’t I?” He doesn’t mean it, though: he knows he’s best at playing men who combine light and shade. That may go back again to Richard III, with whom he inherited an obsession from his father. Armitage was set to be called Russell until he was born on the anniversary of Richard’s death at the Battle of Bosworth. His dad took that as a sign: he was instead named Richard.
 
When the King’s remains were recently discovered under a car park in Leicester, down the road from where Armitage grew up, he was thrilled. He hopes to be involved in a documentary about it for Channel 4 next year. How about playing him? He’s not hopeful: “He was a young man when he died.” Don’t believe that one, either: Armitage could make a splendid crookback. Imagine the mixtape for that one. […]

 
 

Happy Birthday RA & Commemorating Richard III – The Quiz is Open !

 
 
Many of you know, that on this day, now already two years ago, a for my life important person died. So this day, with its joy about Richard Armitage’s birthday, always holds the vivid image of loss for me as well.
 
What must it have been for Richard Armitage, growing up and always being reminded on his birthday, that King Richard III lost his life on exactly that day?
 
We nonetheless hope, Richard Armitage celebrates a wonderful birthday and has an exceptional performance of “The Crucible” at the Old Vic.
 

Happy Birthday, Mr. Armitage!

 
To celebrate both, the joy and the commemoration, KingRichardArmitage is doing a new Quiz.
 
KRA-Banner Quiz 2014
 
All participants till 30 September 2014 (in all time zones around the world) will take part in the drawing.
The winners will be announced here on King Richard III’s birthday, the 2 October 2014.
 
As last year, the KingRichardArmitage-Champions will be drawn by chance among the most complete and correct Quiz entries.
 
Prices for the winners are three recently published books about King Richard III and the search in Leicester published by the restlessly and confidently pursuing team of the ‘Looking for King Richard Team’:
 

  • Finding Richard III: The Official Account“, by Annette Carson, Philippa Langley, Dr. Ashdown-Hill (Pb)
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  • Richard III: A Small Guide to the Great Debate” by Annette Carson (Pb)
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  • The King’s Grave: The Search for Richard III“, by Philippa Langley, Michael Jones (Pb)

 
So it is worth to win and try your luck. Take your time, browse around and have a look around the KingRichardArmitage website, as for most of the questions the answers can directly be found on the KRA website.
 

The Quiz is Opened ! – Good Luck !

 
KRA-Banner Quiz 2014
 
 

The Date is Set – 26 March 2015

 
The date for the intended reinterment of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral is set:
 

Thursday, 26th of March 2015

 

Planned Schedule:

  • 22 March 2015 (Sunday)
    University of Leicester will transfer King Richard III’s remains into a lead-lined coffin,
    and will travel from Leicester to Bosworth on a remembrance journey.
    In the evening, King Richard III’s remains will be given into the care of Leicester Cathedral,
    and a church service of reception will be held.
  •  

  • 23 – 25 March 2015
    King Richard III’s remains will lie in repose in Leicester Cathedral.
  •  

  • 26 March 2015
    King Richard III will be re-buried in the morning.
  •  

  • 27 – 28 March 2014
    Revealing of the tomb and service to mark the completion of the reinterment.

 
Attendance at the Cathedral services will be by invitation of the Dean of Leicester, David Monteith.
The reinterment service will be broadcasted live on TV by Channel 4 (Editor John Hays), and will also cover the week’s events, with interviews and presentations of the leading participants in the search and discovery.
 
His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, current successor of King Richard III in the title as Duke of Gloucester, is to be the Patron of the Leicester Cathedral’s King Richard III Appeal, trying to cover the financial requirements of this ceremony and accompanying events.
 

More information on the website of Leicester Cathedral:

(Soon will be updated with planned schedule.)
www.kingrichardinleicester.com
 
 

Commemoration & Honour

 
The topic already had gone round in my head, but I had avoided to bring it up so far, as I did not want to thematise another battlefield around King Richard III.
But now, a new petition was brought to my attention, which was started by Victoria Mather to collect support to honour King Richard III:
 
 

Richard III Funeral Procession Plans
(Petition can be signed by British citizens only!)

 
 
King Richard III’s remains are planned to be sent on a ‘burial procession’ from Bosworth Field to Grey Friars and then his later resting place across the street, at Leicester Cathedral.
 
The first time King Richard III had been on this route certainly can’t be called a march of triumph, but rather was a tour to show his defeat, shame and to humiliate him.
Now one could say, give it a second try and make it a way of triumph now, but a burial procession is hardly an event to be perceived as especially triumphant.
 
So it takes no overly active imagination to see the repeat performance of this route of utter degradation of a former King of England as a commemoration of Tudor victory rather than as honouring the newly found King Richard III.
 
 
Please take action as you see fit.
Thank you !

 
Richard III Funeral Procession Plans
(Petition can be signed by British citizens only!)
 
 

Petition - Status !

As of July
10th 2018, 1 p.m. (CET)
we have 2459 signatures.

Go to sign...

 


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February 11, 2014

Richard III – The Whole Genome Sequence (by UniversityLeicester, University of Leicester (YouTube))


February 10, 2014

Richard III’s crown taking shape ready for a prominent place in reburial (by Tom Mack, Leicester Mercury)


February 10, 2014

A Perfect Coup (by Matt Lewis, Matt’s History Blog)


February 4, 2014

Fit for a King: The Burial and Reburial of Richard III with John Ashdown-Hill (by Olga Hughes, Nerdalicious.com (Blog))


February 4, 2014

Uncertainty over reburial of Richard III as Leicester and York await judicial review (by Culture24 Reporter, Culture24)


January 1, 2014

Bishop of Leicester: ‘Richard III will be buried in Leicester’ (BBC News)


 

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